Seattle Seahawks (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (4-0) After a brief hiatus, we’re back in action for week 5 and ready to roll out this week’s “Featured Game of the Week”. Up to this point we’ve seen typical division rivals focused in our games, but this week we throw in a curveball. In fact, these two teams aren’t even in the same conference! That’s because we’ll find ourselves in Lucas Oil Stadium this week as the red-hot, undefeated Indianapolis Colts (thafuture3886) host the one loss Seattle Seahawks (LtJustice). While this is Indianapolis’ first featured game of the year, the Seahawks are coming off of one that they lost to their rivals, the 49ers. Will their fortune turn around? Or will the Colts be able to remain unbeaten and keep pace with the 4-0 Tennessee Titans for the AFC South lead? Offensively from afar, these two teams look identical on that side of the ball. In fact there’s only an 8 yard differential in total yards gained between these two teams (Colts 1520, Seahawks 1528). While Seattle’s offense has been more geared towards the passing game, the Colts keep a very balanced attack as they have passed for 682 yards and rushed for 632 yards, respectively. Both of these young quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, can do it all. So these defenses will have to be able to contain and force each of them to be one dimensional. We’ve seen the young Wilson make some mistakes early on in the season when pressured. If the Colts can get to him early, they may be able to rattle him just enough for the long haul. Defensively, this Indianapolis Colts teams is a juggernaut. They’ve forced 21 takeaways through only four games, and 19 of them have been by way of interceptions. Heck, just last week Vontae Davis had 5 of them in one game. Russell Wilson will be forced to protect that football and not make any costly mistakes. The same, however; can be said about Andrew Luck. He’ll have the unpleasant task this week of facing the most daunting secondary we’ve seen in a while. With Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson now manning the corners, they could arguably be the best unit that this young Colts offense has seen. It will no doubt be a battle when these two teams kick off, and predicting it is a toss up at best, but here it goes: Seattle Wins IF: They protect Russell Wilson up front. Indianapolis has 10 total sacks so far on the year, while Seattle has given up 5 offensively. They’ll have to win this battle in order to get the W. They avoid Vontae Davis whenever possible. Davis has been an animal for the Colts. He’s a big part of their positive turnover differential. Ronnie Turbin can balance their offense out. Turbin must have a good game against these Colts, IMO, for the Seahawks to have a chance of leaving Lucas Oil 4-1. Indianapolis Wins IF: They continue to move the ball at will. The Colts have 45 first downs coming into this game. That’s an average of over 11 first downs per game. They can wear down teams, as well as own the time of possession battles with numbers like that. Their red zone offense continues to impose it’s will. They’ve been down there 17 times this year, scored a touchdown 11 times out of those 17 and kicked 5 field goals. That’s 16 for 17 you knuckleheads, good for 94%. Impressive! They force turnovers. It’s becoming not a question of if they’ll force an interception, but when. Twenty-one takeaways in four games, ‘nuff said. Prediction: Last time these Seahawks were featured in this game, I picked them. I promise this prediction has nothing to do with them letting me down in that prediction, but I have to go with the undefeated Indianapolis Colts in this one! I just can’t pick against them after looking at their compiled stats to this point. They’re just too impressive in some key areas, mainly in the trenches. They get after the opposing QB pretty well, while keeping their own standing upright. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes the other way at all, but I’ll say Colts 27 – Seahawks 17.